5 Common Mistakes People Make When Choosing a Dedicated Server

August 2016

Switching from a self-managed server to a dedicated server or managed server is a big decision and not one that should be taken lightly. Unfortunately, there are a number of common mistakes people tend to make as they shop for a dedicated server. Ultimately, these mistakes can leave clients with servers that aren’t right for their needs.

Overlooking the Importance of Support

One of the worst mistakes you can make when shopping for a dedicated server is failing to select one that has dedicated service and support to meet your needs. The last thing you want is to experience a problem with your hosting (such as downtime) and be unable to reach anybody to resolve the problem until the next business day. Ideally, you should have a dedicated server with 24/7 support to address any problems or concerns you may run into.

Failing to Research Security Inclusions/Exclusions

Security is another aspect of your dedicated server that should never be taken lightly, especially if you’re using this hosting for a site where you’ll be collecting important or sensitive data (such as customers’ credit card or contact information). Always take the time to research not only what kind of security features are included in your hosting package, but what’s excluded or what you need to pay extra for as well. With ReliableSite, you can always rest assured that your server is well protected with standard DDoS protection, data center redundancies, hardware monitoring and security patch scanning. We also offer services for back-ups and upgraded DDoS protection.

Buying Based on Price Alone

It’s understandable that you want to find a dedicated server for business that suits your budget. However, when you shop only based on price and immediately choose the lowest cost option you can find, you’re bound to be disappointed in the quality of your hosting. You may end up with reliability issues, poor customer service, security concerns, or other problems that make that low price not seem like such a bargain after all.

Relinquishing All Control of Your Server

Unless you’re fine with going completely hands-off when it comes to your server, it’s never a good idea to opt for a dedicated server package that makes you relinquish all control over your hosting. Instead, you may want to look into a dedicated hosting option that allows for customization options, so you can pick and choose which aspects you’d still like to control yourself and what you’re comfortable letting go of.

Failing to Consider Your Specific Needs

Never buy a hosting option without first contacting a company’s sales team about your specific needs, what you’ll be using the hosting for, and the like. By taking the time to speak with our sales team here at ReliableSite, we’ll make sure that you end up with the option that’s best suited to your budget and uses.
Now that you understand the most common mistakes to avoid when shopping for a dedicated server, you’re in better shape to buy. Don’t forget to contact ReliableSite today to find out more about what we have to offer!